Wednesday, August 8, 2007

New Books

In an uncharactaristically spendthift fit (more on that later), I've gone and ordered a bunch of books I've been wanting for a long time. Perhaps this was not the cleverest thing I could have done, as I'll be moving to Germany for a year in just a few weeks and books are quite heavy, but I'm worried about finding enough English reading materials (I love reading-- right now I'm working on Thomas Sowell's The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation As a Basis for Social Policy which is really thought-provoking) and I figure these books should keep me going for a while.

The Way We Eat: Why Our Food Choices Matter (Peter Singer)
Postmodernism, or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism (Post-Contemporary Interventions) (Frederic Jameson)
Development as Freedom (Amartya Sen)
Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media (Noam Chomsky and Edward S. Herman)
World Poverty and Human Rights: Cosmopolitan Responsibilities and Reforms (Thomas Pogge)
The Glass Palace: A Novel (Amitav Ghosh)
and The Septembers of Shiraz (Dalia Sofer)

Actually I can't say I've been wanting that last one for a long time, as I just read about it in last week's NY Times literary supplement. But it sounded interesting and I can read it on the airplane.

I'm not going to say how much I just spent -- but suffice it to say I've gotten free shipping.

Now I feel bad for ordering from amazon , but that's another story. (Normally I buy from used book sellers, but I'm pressed for time because of the move-- is that a good excuse?)


vko said...

You've got full plate there- some heavy reading for the plane there!

Though, I totally know what you mean about reading, but I never have the time- I have decided that when when I am a senior citizen, I will spend the rest of my days at the library (though I'll need serious glasses & the big text books).

My new summer reads: Gravity's Rainbow & Jonathan Strange & Mr.Norrell which I am excited to lug to my Florida trip.

Village Vegan said...

Well-- I think I'll only take the novels on the plane! I meant that the rest of the stuff should last me for the fall semester at least ;-)

I've been meaning to read Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell for a long time-- you'll have to let me know how you like it.